By Angela Nelson
Several Wycliffe families have been blessed to have the financial support of friends and family doubled through employee matching-gift programs. Take Annie,* for instance. She had been financially supporting her brother in Southeast Asia for over twenty years. A few years ago, she and her husband each enrolled in their employers’ matching-gift programs, and qualified. Both of their employers then started matching a certain amount of Annie and her husband’s charitable giving to the charities they specify. Now, Annie’s brother receives more support, and Annie wishes she would have taken advantage of this program all along!
The Blake* family, serving Bible translation work in Papua New Guinea (PNG), also made use of this often-overlooked resource. They had financial supporters who worked for Boeing and Microsoft, both of which have matching-gift programs. After the paperwork was filed, both Boeing and Microsoft sent in gifts to match the amount their employees had given the Blakes. The Blakes were able to use the additional money toward plane tickets and living expenses—two things that are not cheap in PNG!
Over fifteen thousand US companies will match their employee contributions to charitable organizations like Wycliffe and its primary strategic partner, SIL. If you or your spouse work for one of these companies, there could be several thousand dollars available for you to direct to an organization of your choice.
Some companies also match volunteer hours or gifts from spouses, retirees, and board members. To see if your employer will match your donation, please contact your company’s HR department or matching-gift coordinator. If your company does not have a matching-gifts program, you may want to ask them to start one.
If you have questions, send an e-mail to email@example.com or call 407-852-3899.
*Anne and the Blakes’ stories are real, but their names have been changed to protect their identity.